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Once Upon a Time In Shaolin

by Cyrus Bozorgmehr

About the Book

Once Upon a Time In Shaolin, a hip hop album by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, was designed to get people’s attention. Secretly recorded over a number of years, the album was printed as a single copy housed in an expensive hand-carved case, and it sold anonymously for millions in 2015. The album was more than music. It was a unique art piece and statement on the modern music industry.

Maybe you also heard about how it ended up in the hands of one of the most hated men in America, or maybe it was seized by the government? Or wasn’t there something about actor Bill Murray being allowed to wear a ski mask to steal it and give away for free to music fans?

The full story of this notorious album is fascinating, and as a senior advisor to its creation, author Cyrus Bozorgmehr is one of the few people qualified to tell it in this book of the same name. Whether you followed every news development or this is the first time you’re hearing about it, you don’t have to be a fan of hip hop music to enjoy this wild ride through some of music’s most surprising headlines.

About the Author

Cyrus Bozorgmehr is a London-based creative consultant, financial advisor, and author whose work has led to involvement in both the business and art world. Alongside consultation, Bozorgmerhr is head of Communications and Narrative Design at Arcadia Spectacular, a company specializing in large scale music events. Once Upon a Time In Shaolin is his third book.

Related Events

Inspired by Wu-Tang: A DJ Set with Governor Slugwell

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join us for a virtual DJ Set featuring local MC, Governor Slugwell. Celebrate National Hip Hop Day with a lively set inspired by the book Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Film Club: The Mystery of Chess Boxing

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
Virtual Event | Wealthy Theatre’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

The Wu-Tang Clan have drawn great inspiration from classic kung-fu movies. Use the library’s streaming service Kanopy to watch The Mystery of Chess Boxing and then join our panel of experts as they discuss their favorite parts of the film and how the kung-fu genre has impacted American culture. 

Tune in here for a pre-recorded conversation and join a live discussion through Facebook at the Wealthy Theatre page.

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